A loss of words…

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“…the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we don’t know how to pray for what we need. But the Spirit intercedes along with our groans that cannot be expressed in words.” ~Romans 8:26

Today we will hold a memorial service for Stan. He was known for his humor, his kindness, and his love. He was a coworker and dear friend. He had a unique way of encouraging and pulling out the best in people.

One way that Stan has greatly impacted my life is this blog. I used to share random thoughts on my Facebook page. In 2012, Stan messaged me and said “Jennifer!” (… he always said my name as an exclamation.) “Whenever you post your thoughts  on your Facebook page,  will you also post them to the church’s Facebook page too?” Stan had a way of making it hard to refuse his requests. An aunt of mine had also encouraged me to start a devotional blog, so between the two, I took the large leap and began this daily blog.

Stan was the communications person at our church. He sang with me in our Praise Band on Sunday mornings. He drove our church bus for me when he could to help with my children’s ministry. He loved to hear about my kids… In other words, he leaves behind a big hole in my life. At his memorial service today, I may not be able to contain the grief I feel for the loss of this friend. But I know I will be in good company. I am not the only person who was significantly impacted by Stan. I have heard many stories this week from people who also were encouraged and loved by Stan. I will not be alone in my sadness.

Yes. Stan is “in a better place.” “He is no longer suffering.”

But his laughter, joy, and love will be greatly missed in this place.

Dear God, my prayer comes to you today in the form of tears and with a lack of words to capture my deep sorrow. However, it gives me relief to know that your Spirit hears the words I cannot speak. Please bring comfort to all who are saddened by the loss of Stan. May our memories keep him close and not bring too much grief. Amen.

 

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